To highlight the accomplishments of African Americans during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
1 class period
In this activity, students need to determine which words, names, and terms are missing from a series of sentences discussing achievements of African Americans. Topics include:
• The Arts
• Other Achievements
Class members will put their answers in the appropriate spaces on a crossword puzzle on page 84C. Some of the letters in the answers have already been filled in as clues on the puzzle to help the kids out.
This lesson can also be presented in the form of a game involving the entire class. Divide the class into two teams. Start by asking Team 1 to give the answer to any one of the questions on the crossword. If a member of Team 1 gives a correct answer, that team earns 10 points. If Team 1 gives a wrong answer, Team 2 has a chance to answer any one of the questions on the puzzle. Teams 1 and 2 will take turns giving answers, and the same person cannot answer twice in a row for their team. Class members should fill in correct answers on the puzzle as they are given. The team that scores the most points wins the game.
Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.